ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation


Here you'll find news about ACTCOSS activities and major community sector news.

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Media release: ACT would get $30 million boost from Newstart rise

17 September 2018

The ACT is set for a $30.51 million boost and would be in the top 20 local areas in Australia to benefit if the Federal Government raised Newstart, Youth Allowance and related payments by $75 per week according to economic analysis released today.

ACTCOSS welcomes all additional land releases targeted towards affordable and social housing

14 September 2018

ACTCOSS welcomes all additional land releases that are targeted to affordable housing and social housing (noting the lack of affordable housing in the Inner South and Tuggeranong). We continue to call on the ACT Government to invest $100m in a Strategy to reduce homelessness and increase affordable housing.

Report of Panel Discussion on Homelessness at Haydon Village Kitchen Table Conversation Group

7 September 2018

This report transcribes a panel discussion on homelessness on the 23 August at Haydon Village Kitchen Table Conversation Group, attended by Andrew Leigh MP, Mark Parton MLA, Caroline Le Couteur MLA and Susan Helyar, Director ACT Council of Social Service​.

Inequality is not decreasing and we need to sharpen our focus to turn this around

7 September 2018

Susan Helyar, our Director, summarises insights from the key reports that will guide ACTCOSS future priorities for advocacy on eliminating poverty and inequality.

Media release: New ministries reflect key priorities

24 August 2018

ACTCOSS has congratulated Chris Steel MLA on his elevation to the Ministry and welcomed new Ministerial arrangements which responded to community priorities.

Stories of Chance - participate in gambling harm project

24 August 2018

Do you have lived experience of gambling harm, or services which provide support to people who have experienced the consequences of gambling harm?

Review of ACNC released

23 August 2018

The ACNC review report recommends a national scheme going forward, especially in areas such as governance, fundraising and registration. In the absence of a national scheme, the sector will continue to be subject to an unacceptable level of unnecessary red tape.

Media release: Innovation funding welcomed, but greater investment needed in affordable housing

22 August 2018

ACTCOSS today welcomed the ACT Government’s announcement of three projects to be funded through the first round of the $1 million Affordable Housing Innovation Fund. This delivers on existing commitments, but ACTCOSS looks forward to seeing significantly bigger commitments when the ACT Government releases its Affordable Housing Strategy later...

Joint media release: ACT Government gambling reforms a good start but stronger commitment to reduce gambling harm needed

21 August 2018

ACTCOSS and the Canberra Gambling Reform Alliance welcome the ACT Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay’s announcement yesterday to tighten gambling regulations by December as a good start in addressing gambling harm.

Joint media release: Education Strategy needs to be backed up with resources and collaborative implementation

17 August 2018

ACTCOSS and the Youth Coalition of the ACT welcome the ACT Government’s Future of Education Strategy, focused on improving equity of education outcomes by putting students at the centre; empowering students and professionals; building strong communities; and delivering both equity and quality.